Opinion

Our take: We can't depend on the Lions Club for everything

Janine Clark wasn’t alone.

In the course of doing her story, we came across at least two other locals, who, like Clark, were in serious need of an insuling pump to deal wth their diabetes.

As with Clark, Victoria said ‘No’.

Despite strong recommendations from her doctors, Clark was denied public funding for such critical equipment Many other patients across B.C. probably need crucial medical gear too.

Luckily, our generous Duncan Lions Club stepped up and bought Clark’s $7,000 pump.

But why must folks such as Clark have to turn to hard-working service clubs for medical equipment when we pay taxes for those needs?

Need is the key word here. Her pump was a life-or-death must, not a cosmetic frill, or something nice for a diabetic to have.

There’s nothing nice about her dire condition: ICU hospital visits, convulsions, vomiting, costly drugs (coverage for which she was also denied), failed kidneys, a stopping heart.

Anything to comfort her condition should have been provided — perhaps offered — under doctors’ orders.

Universal health care proudly separates Canadians from the sorry, private system stateside.

But B.C.’s medical system apparently failed Clark.

She was ruled ineligible for pump funding, a form letter from the Ministry of Health told her.

But if his ministry is not helping desperate patients such as this, which patients is it helping?

The ministry clearly has a lot of money and resources at its disposal. Just as clearly, it needs to be doing a better job figuring out how to use it.

We can’t be leaving everything to the Lions Club.

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